Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Hawaii’s request for an emergency injunction against the Trump Administration’s travel ban while the state seeks clarification on its scope.
- Members of Egypt’s population of Coptic Christians fear that their community is under siege after a series of unexplained killings.
- Muslim groups in Indonesia and Malaysia are calling for a boycott of Starbucks in response to the chain’s public support of gay rights.
- An Australian state has passed a law shifting the burden of proof from plaintiffs to defendants for certain portions of civil cases brought by victims of sexual abuse, though it is not retroactive.
- Two of Belgium’s regional parliaments have voted to ban all animal slaughter conducted without pre-stunning in a move some see as targeted at the Muslim and Jewish communities; Christian leaders have condemned the ban.
- Representatives of Muslim and Jewish organizations in Europe have come together to oppose restrictions on nonmedical circumcision and ritual slaughter.
- Native Americans are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the agency from removing grizzly bears from the endangered species list because they say to do so without consulting them would violate their religious freedom.